. Interchanging Idioms: Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer join Jeffrey Kahane and Colorado Symphony

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer join Jeffrey Kahane and Colorado Symphony

Conductor Jeffrey Kahane returns to the Colorado Symphony for three groundbreaking all American concerts on May 20, 21 and 22 as concertgoers experience the thrills of a world premiere piano concerto by Kenji Bunch, as well as the artistry of banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck, tabla legend Zakir Hussain and double bass master Edgar Meyer in performance of their triple concerto, The Melody of Rhythm. Tickets are on sale now for this must-experience concert that also features Copland's Suite from Appalachian Spring and Gershwin's An American in Paris. These exciting performances kick off a series of concerts celebrating American composers and artists that continues in June with Celebrate America featuring Sandy Patti, a glamorous evening with Pink Martini, and night with R&B stars Boyz II Men.

Once again under the baton of former music director Jeffrey Kahane, the Colorado Symphony presents the world premiere of Bunch's first piano concerto featuring pianist Monica Ohuchi. Heralded as "a composer to watch" by The New York Times, Bunch has quickly emerged as one of the most prominent American composers of his generation, appealing to audiences and performers alike with a distinctive, vibrant voice in contemporary American music.

This thrilling evening continues with a rare performance of The Melody of Rhythm, Triple Concerto for Banjo, Double Bass and Tabla featuring the three composers: Fleck, Hussain and Meyer. These masterful genre-benders are the leading virtuosos on their respective instruments and move with ease among the worlds of classical, bluegrass and world music.

Instantly recognized as "unique and incomparable," the dazzling, expressive concerto creates something stylistically unique from the influences of bluegrass, folk, classical, Indian, Oriental, blues and jazz. The Melody of Rhythm is essentially an exploration of the vast range of musical experiences available in today's global culture as filtered through the distinct but interlocking sensibilities of three master musicians.

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